Happy Thursday bookish people! I hope you’re all having a good day today. I know this is a couple of days late but I haven’t been very well. But finally I can put up my May wrap up! I had a much better reading month, part of this was because I took part in the 48 hour readathon hosted by Becca and the Books on YouTube for which I ended up reading seven books over a weekend.
So, let’s see what I managed to read this month from my TBR:
The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell – I did read this! It was one of the seven books I read for the readathon, a review will be coming soon
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling – another book I read as part of the readathon, review coming soon
Graceling by Kristen Cashore – I did not read this
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I did not read this
Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey – I did not read this
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao – I did not read this
A Three Dog Problem by S J Bennett – I did not read this
The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye – I did not read this
A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross – I did not read this
The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix – I did read this for the spooky book prompt of the readathon
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske – I read this while on the drive up to Cardiff for a concert this month
The Key in the Lock by Beth Underdown – I did not read this
Dangerous Women by Hope Adams – I started this book in May and I am currently finishing it now
A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz – I did read this
Cecily by Annie Garthwaite – I also read this
Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell – and I read this
Outside of my TBR I also read Turtles All The Way Down by John Green, Newts Emerald by Garth Nix and Love Him To Death by Tanya Landman
I think I read 11 books this month which is really great and a lot better than the past few months.
That’s it for my May Wrap up, I hope you all had a good reading month. My reviews of the books that I read will be going up soon!
Happy Sunday bookish people! Today is the 1st of May and I am very excited to share with you all my plans for May.
So this month is going to be another busy one I think, lots of meetings, lots of classes and a trip to Cardiff which will be fun – and will give me the travel time for reading! There is also the 48 hour bookopolothan hosted by becca and the books on youtube which I will be taking part in, last year it meant I read eight books in two days so that was fun and I’d love to try and do that again.
My books for May:
The Crooked Sixpence by Jennifer Bell – this is a very cute sounding middle grade that I am hoping to read early in the month
The Ex Hex by Erin Sterling – I love anything witchy so this already appeals to me
Graceling by Kristen Cashore
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
A Three Dog Problem by S J Bennett
The Crowns Game
A River Enchanted by Rebecca Ross
The Final Girls Support Group by Grady Hendrix
A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske
The Key In The Lock by Beth Underdown – I will be reading this for the short book prompt for the 48 hour challenge
Dangerous Women by Hope Adams
A Line To Kill by Anthony Horowitz
Cecily by Annie Garthwaite – I will be using this for the gods prompt for the 48 hour challenge because of the amount of religion in historical fiction of this period
Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell – I have already started reading this one and I am loving it
I am really looking forward to getting started with these books (well technically I already have). Have you read any of these books? what did you think of them?
Happy Friday bookish people! Next weekend is Mother’s Day and so I thought why not have a look and see if there are any Mother’s Day themed book tags around and I found one on YouTube by blissful and bookish so that is what I will be doing for you today.
Best Friend: Pick characters in a book whose friendship you admire the most:
For this one I went with Irene and Kai in The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman. To begin with they don’t really get along and it was great seeing the friendship start to develop and what I like most about it is that they have seen the worst of each other and still they are there when the other needs them.
Comfort: what’s a book that always puts you in a better mood:
For this one I chose Lady in the Tower by Marie Louise Jenson because it is one of my favourite books and no matter what mood I am in or what has happened it always makes me feel calmer when I read it.
Doesn’t Give Up: What’s a book that you were tempted to DNF but instead finished:
I chose The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater because I didn’t love the book and I found it took me a long time to read it but I don’t like to DNF books so I pushed on and I did end up giving it three stars and I will read the rest of the series.
Selfless: What’s a book that you had to sacrifice for:
I went with the Queen of Nothing because I sacrificed having a complete set of paperbacks because I couldn’t wait to read the final book in the series so I bought it in hardback as soon as it came out.
Love: What’s your favourite love story:
I had to go with Caraval, the characters of Scarlett and Julian, by Stephanie Garber. Definitely my favourite love story even though it isn’t a romance book.
Homemaker: If you could live with a fictional family whose home would you go to:
I would go and live with the Brown Sisters in Talia Hibbert’s novels because they seem very supportive and fun and I don’t know anyone quite like them in real life.
Forgiving: name a character you hate but would eventually have to forgive:
I had to go for Eli Ever from Vicious by V E Schwaab, although don’t actually have a reason for it, I just think I would end up forgiving him.
Teacher: name a book that has taught you thins that will stay with you forever
I chose Stalking Jack the Ripper because it taught me that you don’t have to fit yourself into society’s expectations.
Dedication: what’s a book that you would like to dedicate to your mum and why:
I struggled with this one, I was looking for a title that would resemble this question but I couldn’t find one so I went with a book series that I think my mum would enjoy reading which is the Clockwork Angel (Infernal Devices) series by Cassandra Clare.
That’s it for this book tag, I hope you all enjoyed it!
Happy Monday bookish people! I hope you all had a lovely January. If you have seen any of my recent posts here on my Instagram posts (@the_blind_scribe) you will know that my January has been full of ups and downs, honestly mostly downs. After being unwell for most of it and then my partner and I breaking up and having to move back in with my parents I barely read anything in January.
So, onto my January Wrap-up!
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I did not read
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I did not read
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I did read!
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – I did not read
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I did not read
Daughters of Night by Laura Shepard Robinson – I have recently started to read this, I won’t finish it by the end of the month but I am really enjoying the atmosphere and the lead female character so far.
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I have not read
Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff – I did not get around to reading
European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss – I have read the first 20 pages or so of this book and I am enjoying it but I wasn’t in the right mood for it this month because of everything happening.
Finale by Stephanie Garber – I did not read
Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I did not read
The Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah – I did read this!
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I did not read this
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I did not read this
Pages and Co Tilly and the Lost Fairytales – I did read this!
Queenslayer by Sebastien De Castell – I did not read this
Shadowscent by P M Freestone – I did not read this
The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman – I did not read
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I did not read
The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – I did not read
The Plague Letters by V L Valentine – I did not read
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – I did not read
I also read The Enchanted Wood, The Magic Faraway Tree and The Folk of the Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton which wasn’t on my TBR. So that means I read six books and I started two more so I am actually really happy with the amount that I ended up reading this month.
That’s it for this wrap up I hope you all enjoyed it!
Happy Tuesday bookish people! It’s the first month of the new year and it is time to share what I hope to be reading this month. I feel like I want to read a lot this month so far, I am hoping this will continue throughout the month and I’ll have a great month to start the year.
My January TBR:
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I am really excited to read this book, I bought it with some vouchers I got for Christmas and it should be arriving today.
Furyborn by Claire Legrand – I’m not sure what I will think of this book but I want to read more outside of my comfort zone this year
Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell – I am so close to finishing this series and I think this book will be another great one just like the rest of the series.
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I will say at the time of writing this that I have actually finished reading this book and completed the Brown Sisters trilogy!
Daughters of Night by Laura Shepard-Robinson – A good Victorian mystery, that’s just what I want to read right now.
Shadowscent by P M Freestone – this is another book that I am not sure what to make of it yet but I hope I will enjoy it.
The Plague Letters by V L Valentine – a historical murder mystery, it sounds so different and intriguing and I am excited to get into it.
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I am hoping that I will be able to get into this book easily.
Killings at Kingfisher Hill by Sophie Hannah – I read one of the books in her Poirot series and enjoyed it so hopefully the rest of the series will be the same.
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton – I loved his other book and a murder mystery set on a boat sounds intriguing.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – It is time I got around to reading this book.
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I love any book to do with a circus or carnival so I have high hopes.
European Travels for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss – I have already started this one and just like the first book in the series, I am already immersed in the world.
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte – I don’t actually know much about this book.
Hunting Party by Lucy Foley – I started reading her other book and ended up putting it down so I hope I will have better luck with this book.
Pages and Co 2 by Anna James – this is a lovely series of books that I am excited to continue.
The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman – another series that has a brilliant world that I want to get back to.
Finale by Stephanie Garber – finally I am hoping to finish up the caraval series!
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik – I’ve heard mixed things about this book but I am still interested in reading it.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare – this is an intimidating book but I am excited to get around to it
Empire of the Vampire – another book I’m not sure about but I have heard great things.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I am excited to read more mysteries this month.
That’s it for my January TBR, I hope you all enjoyed it! Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?
Happy Monday bookish people! Today I want to show you the books being published in 2022 that I am very highly anticipating. This is a really fun post to make, I also love looking at other people’s version of this so I hope you all enjoy looking at mine just as much as I like looking at other people’s lists.
House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
Belladonna by Adalyn Grace
Play of Shadows by Sebastien de Castell
The Final Gambit by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
This Woven Kingdom by Taherah Mafi
Glorious Poison by Kat Dunn
Gallant by V E Schwab
An Impossible Imposter by Deanna raybourn
Bloodmarket by Tracey Deonn
Scarlet by Genevieve Cogman
All the Queens men by S J Bennett
Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare
The Blood Traitor by Lynette Noni
The mapmakers by Tamzin Merchant
I was going to add pictures of the books, even though not all the covers have been released yet, but for some reason my laptop did not want to do that today so instead you’ve got just a list of the books, I hope that’s okay!
Are any of these on your list of anticipated 2022 books?
Happy Tuesday bookish people! Merry Bookmas day 14! Today I will be sharing with you ten books that I wish I had gotten around to reading in 2021. There are way more than ten of these but that would be come a really really long blog post. So I have limited it to just ten.
And they are:
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angelles
In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.
As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.
The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost
The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told
The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide
Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.
The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them…
The Diviners by Libba Bray
SOMETHING DARK AND EVIL HAS AWAKENED… Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City—and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It’s 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer. As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho is hiding a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened…
A Winters Promise by Christelle Dabos
Long ago, following a cataclysm called “The Rupture,” the world was shattered into many floating celestial islands. Known now as Arks, each has developed in distinct ways; each seems to possess its own unique relationship to time, such that nowadays vastly different worlds exist, together but apart. And over all of the Arks the spirit of an omnipotent ancestor abides.
Ophelia lives on Anima, an ark where objects have souls. Beneath her worn scarf and thick glasses, the young girl hides the ability to read and communicate with the souls of objects, and the power to travel through mirrors. Her peaceful existence on the Ark of Anima is disrupted when she is promised in marriage to Thorn, from the powerful Dragon clan. Ophelia must leave her family and follow her fiancée to the floating capital on the distant Ark of the Pole. Why has she been chosen? Why must she hide her true identity? Though she doesn’t know it yet, she has become a pawn in a deadly plot.
The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow
In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the Eastwood sisters–James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna–join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.
Furyborn by Claire LeGrand
The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world…or doom it.
When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe opposes him. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?
The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
The Truly Devious series continues as Stevie Bell investigates her first mystery outside of Ellingham Academy in this spine-chilling and hilarious stand-alone mystery.
Amateur sleuth Stevie Bell needs a good murder. After catching a killer at her high school, she’s back at home for a normal (that means boring) summer.
But then she gets a message from the owner of Sunny Pines, formerly known as Camp Wonder Falls—the site of the notorious unsolved case, the Box in the Woods Murders. Back in 1978, four camp counselors were killed in the woods outside of the town of Barlow Corners, their bodies left in a gruesome display. The new owner offers Stevie an invitation: Come to the camp and help him work on a true crime podcast about the case.
Stevie agrees, as long as she can bring along her friends from Ellingham Academy. Nothing sounds better than a summer spent together, investigating old murders.
But something evil still lurks in Barlow Corners. When Stevie opens the lid on this long-dormant case, she gets much more than she bargained for. The Box in the Woods will make room for more victims. This time, Stevie may not make it out alive.
That’s it, that’s ten of the books that I wish I had gotten around to reading this year but never did. Hopefully next year!
Happy Monday bookish people! It is getting to the end of November and it is time to share my November wrap-up with you all. This month has gone by so quickly because I’ve had so much to do. This month has been for getting everything ready for Christmas and at last it is all done, prepared, ready. I’ve also been making all my posts for December because as I announced last week I will be trying to post every day in December, it has been fun but a lot of work. I haven’t finished them yet but I’ve done most and I am attempting to finish them today. On top of that I’ve been unwell for at least half of November and that has left very little time to read.
So, let’s talk about what I did and didn’t read and what I thought of the books!
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I did not read this book this month, I wasn’t in the mood for a long fantasy book but I have moved this book to my December TBR
Vampire Brat by Angie Sage – one of the books in the Araminta Spook series and I did read this book. I liked it but it isn’t my favourite of the series.
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – I did not read this book but I have moved this one to my December TBR
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – I did not read this book
These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan – I did not read this book, it’s another fantasy that I just wasn’t in the mood for this month
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I didn’t read this book
The Howling Hag Mystery by Nicki Thornton – I did read this book, it was interesting but not all that enjoyable for me
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White – I did not read this book
The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino – I did not read this book
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – I didn’t read this book either
Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – I did read this book! and it surprised me, I have posted a book review for this book if you are interested in my full thoughts
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson – I did not read this book
Shadowscent The Darkest Bloom by P M Freestone – I did not read
Rose by Holly Webb – I wanted to get around to this book but in the end there wasn’t enough time
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – I am currently reading this book and I will finish it before the end of the month and I am enjoying it a lot.
Pages and Co by Anna James – I did read this book and I enjoyed it so much I want to get the rest of the series.
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg – this is another book I wanted to get to but in the end I didn’t
Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey – I did not read this book
Ghostsitters by Angie Sage – another book from the Araminta Spook series and I did read this
Fable by Adrienne Young – I did not read this book
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody – I did not read this
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – I did not read this
By the Book by Amanda Sellett – I did not read this book
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I did not read this book either
So I ended up reading five books off my TBR and I am in the middle of a sixth book from my TBR, outside of my TBR I read You’ll Be The Death of Me by Karen M McManus for a book tour so that makes my overall total for the month 7 books which I’m pretty pleased with.
Happy Tuesday bookish people! I was meant to be putting this post up yesterday but I ran out of time because my partner and I were visiting his parents. So I’m putting it up today instead!
This month I have used the prompts for Believathon round 4: Escape from the Jungle – hosted by Gavin from How To Train Your Gavin on YouTube, but I am twisting the rules just a little bit…
The premise of the Readathon is to read middle grade books that fit the prompts – there are thirty prompts in total. I don’t own that many middle grade books so I am just going to use any books I have to fit the prompts and get some of the middle grade I own in there as well.
Onto my TBR for November!
Take A Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – This is from my October TBR but I still want to read it so I have moved it to this month
Rivers of London by ben Aaronovitch – another book taken from my October TBR
Act Your Age Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – and another brought from October
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas – it is about time I read this book, I have had the whole series for ages now
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – have read one or two of her books before and really enjoyed them so I am looking forward to this one.
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – this is a series I have seen a lot of good things about
The Howling Hag Mystery by Nicki Thornton – this is the first middle grade book on my TBR so I’m excited to get this one on there
Rose by Holly Webb – this is a book that was a favourite of mine when I was a child and I am looking forward to trying it again now
Fable by Adrienne Young – I love books that feature water so I have high hopes for this one
Shadowscent by P M Freestone – I’m not sure how I will find this one but hopefully I enjoy it
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas – I’m so excited to finally get around to reading this one and to be back with Feyre and Rhysand
Pages and Co by Anna James – another middle grade that sounds like it will be really good
Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder by T A Willberg – this was on my October TBR but now I am really in the mood to read it
The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino – I’m scared to read this one
Ghostsitters by Angie sage
Vampire Brat by Angie Sage
Last Chance Books by Kelsey Rodkey – a book about a book shop, I’m definitely excited about it
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare – I am excited but scared to read this book
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson – I love the cover of this book
By the Book by Amanda Sellet – I really want to read this book immediately
These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan – I love books with fae in them
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White
Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
That’s it for my October TBR I hope you enjoyed it and let me know in the comments if you have read any of these and what you thought of them!